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South African elections – climate policy making an impact


Voters in South Africa’s 5th democratic election will mainly be concerned by a 21% unemployment rate, fundamental problems with service provision and the economy’s track for 2009, but for a few climate change will be on their agenda. The African National Congress (ANC) leader Jacob Zuma is widely anticipated to become the next President of …

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The Indian Elections: how green are the political manifestos?

An Indian voter with his voter id. Courtesy Flickr/KKalyan

    ‘We will protect India’s natural environment and take steps to rejuvenate it.’  (Congress party election manifesto).  ‘One earth, green earth: Creating the right environment.’  (BJP party election manifesto) Consensus in election manifestos is the last thing one would expect during the national elections in India. But as it turns out, India’s leading political parties …

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Playing for power: Energy security and electricity crises in India

Electricity woes. Photo Courtesy Berni???/Flickr

   Bangalore hasn’t been the best of cities to stay in these past few days. Reeling under the burden of a severe power crisis, multiple endless unscheduled power cuts crippled the IT city and the southern state of Karnataka. Falling right in the middle of unseasonably hot weather, end of year exams and pre-election momentum, …

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Bringing the environment to the elections in India

'India the largest democracy in the world welcomes you'. Photo: Flickr/Vineet Timble

   Climate Change is becoming a common topic in India these days. Whether it’s one of India’ leading actors becoming the spokesperson of an Earth Hour campaign or celebrities coming together for a greenfest on a 24 hour ‘Greenathon ’ or businesses cashing in on this green fever, it seems everyone is going green. Well, almost. These climate change campaigns …

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Water Security and the politicisation of water in India

The Baglihar Dam on the Chenab (photo credit:Reuters)

It’s an election year and India’s opposition party has begun setting its agenda on green issues. The National Democratic Alliance’s LK Advani yesterday pledged to make access to drinking water a fundamental right and water conservation a fundamental duty for all Indians. Moreover, key elements of Mr Advani’s campaign will be fighting terrorism and climate …

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